The Adela Reta National Auditorium (SODRE) premieres the opera-tango “María de Buenos Aires”

The original tango opera María de Buenos Aires, with a libretto by Horacio Ferrer and music by Astor Piazzolla, arrives at the Eduardo Fabini hall of the Adela Reta del Sodre National Auditorium, with performances from November 11 to 14, at 9 p.m.


With a libretto by Horacio Ferrer (poet and historian of Uruguayan tango, nationalized Argentine, who died in 2014) and music by Astor Piazzolla (considered one of the most important musicians of the 20th century), María de Buenos Aires mixes the styles and sensibilities of these two extraordinary artists under the gaze of Mariana Percovich who works, with her works, from a gender reading and reviewing the place of women in tango.


According to the director, she “questions the idea that the female tango audience is simply masochistic or self-destructive”. The gender crossovers of male and female dancers, the religious aspects, the tributes to two key artists of the theater and the visual arts of the 20th century – the Polish Tadeuz Kantor and the German Bertolt Brecht-, the aesthetics of the Buenos Aires picture and popular iconography of the street on the Via Crucis that Ferrer and Piazzolla present, will be lines to be followed by a staging that, as we are accustomed to, the Uruguayan director and playwright risks committing the spectators to take sides in each painting on the paths of María , as the tango and the beautiful music of Piazzolla and Ferrer’s hallucinatory text pose it.


Agreement with the National Rehabilitation Institute


Within the framework of the realization of this opera, María de Buenos Aires, el Sodre in agreement and collaboration with the National Rehabilitation Institute, belonging to the Ministry of the Interior, carried out part of the scenography with the participation of more than 15 women deprived of liberty from the INR Unit 5 Center.


The activity included 2 previous workshops carried out by the INR and curated by the set designer Claudia Sánchez (on Piazzolla and the historical use of public posters), and a face-to-face poster painting workshop with Claudia Sánchez. In this last meeting, the stage director of the show, Mariana Percovich, participated in the welcome – in virtual format.


The posters are a fundamental part of the work and will be staged, with the rest of the scenography made in the production workshops of the Adela Reta National Auditorium.